We are obsessed with watching television shows and feature films about lawyers, reading legal thrillers, and following real-life trials. Yet, at the same time, most of us don't trust lawyers and hold them and the legal system in very low esteem.
In The Myth of Moral Justice, law professor and novelist Thane Rosenbaum suggests that this paradox stems from the fact that citizens and the courts are at odds when it comes to their definitions of justice. With a lawyer's expertise and a novelist's sensability, Rosenbaum tackles complicated philosophical questions about our longing for moral justice. He also takes a critical look at what our legal system does to the spirits of those who must come before the law, along with those who practice within it.
"This is a thoughtful look at the shortcomings of the American legal system."
1. Doing the right thing : the split between the moral and the legal -- 2. A new paradigm of moral justice -- 3. Pound of flesh -- 4. Story as remedy -- 5. The various faces of grief -- 6. Aborted trials and lying under the law -- 7. The best-kept secrets of zealous advocates -- 8. Forbidden emotions in a world out of order -- 9. Judges who feign not having feelings -- 10. Apology as moral antidote to the legal disease -- 11. Apologies in practice -- 12. Restoration or revenge -- 13. Repair in practice -- 14. The non-duty to rescue under American law -- 15. Rescue as moral imperative -- 16. The law's preference for the body over the soul -- 17. Frustrated lawyers and the public's discontent -- 18. The artist and the law.